Nicholas Comninellis

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June 2010

2010 Angola

Itunda Baptist Mission – Angola Day 7

  In contrast to the behavior of Angola’s colonial rulers, some individuals made genuine investments into the lives of the Angolan people themselves. In 1929 a family moved to the village of Itunda, just outside the city of Huambo (formerly Nova Lisboa). They started a school for local children, taught about Jesus, and initiated a […]

2010 Angola

Now Taking Your Questions – Angola Day 5

  Angola was colonized by the Portuguese during the 1400s. Though the Portuguese invested little into Angola’s infrastructure, even after the colonial rule ended in 1975 the Portuguese language remains both the official and the common language. I was quite privileged to live in Lisbon for a year studying the language. One of the language

2010 Angola

This Child Should Not Die – Angola Day 3

  Today at Lubango Evangelical Medical Center immediately I was summoned to the ER, where I met little Nibombe. Coughing and less than alert, it was clear that Nibombe was suffering from pneumonia that encased his entire left lung. On closer inspection, I was also alarmed to find that his condition was complicated by heart failure. I

2010 Angola

Cross-Cultural Shock – Angola Day 1

  Straight after reception for the INMED Intensive Course students I left for the Kansas City International airport. Three days and some 14,000 miles later I landed back in Lubango, Angola, southern Africa. This nation is noteworthy for being home to the shortest life expectancy on earth – just 38 years! Though I lived in

INMED Action Steps For You

2010 INMED International Public Health Intensive Course

  The week of June 14-18 INMED hosted 69 participants for the 2010 International Public Health Intensive Course. These included nurses, public health specialists, pharmacists, physicians, and graduate students from the entire range of health fields. Remarkably, most participants had significant international experience caring for those most poor. Topics included Health Leadership, Building Organizational Capacity, Water &

INMED Action Steps For You

2010 INMED International Medicine Intensive Course

  On June 7 INMED welcomed 43 participant to the University of Missouri-Kansas City for the 2010 International Medicine Intensive Course. Many of these highly motivated individuals have significant experience in serving forgotten people in multiple nations, and came to further sharpen their skills. Participants included 13 physicians, 2 resident physicians, 7 medical students, 7 physician

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